Physical Capacity and Quality of Life in Post Coronary Artery Bypass Graft and Valvular Surgery Patients
Objective: To determine physical capacity and quality of life after surgery of patients with coronary artery and valvular heart diseases.
Materials and Methods: Six-minute walk test and SF-12 were estimated at the fifth day after coronary artery bypass graft and valvular surgery in cardiac patients (n = 25). Descriptive statistical analysis and Pearson’s product-moment correlation was used to evaluate the relationship of parameters.
Results: Mean of six-minute walk distance after five day surgery were 204.25 meters and mean scores of SF-12 were 58.78. The six-minute walk distance and SF-12 showed significantly correlation but fairly correlated (r = 0.14, p < 0.05).Conclusion: At the fifth day after surgery, the physical capacity and quality of life of patients were quite low. Therefore, the early post-operative rehabilitation is needed to recover the functional status of patients including physical, emotional and social dimensions.